Laura Pierce is a Certified Lactation Counselor and Speech-Language Pathologist. In addition to her training and certification in the field of lactation, as a speech-language pathologist, Laura has extensive knowledge of the oral anatomy and physiology of infants and the ability to assess and manage complex feeding disorders. This combination makes her the perfect choice for breastfeeding mothers looking for assistance and support breastfeeding.
Laura provides lactation services that include assistance with:
- assessment and management of breastfeeding difficulties
- assessment of milk transfer
- establishing a good milk supply
- assistance with positioning and latch difficulties
- prevention and management of sore nipples
- prevention and management of engorgement
- breastfeeding a child with slow weight gain
- breastfeeding multiples
- breastfeeding premature babies
- breastfeeding babies with neurological deficits such as Down Syndrome or cerebral palsy
- breastfeeding babies with cleft palate and/or cleft lip
- breastfeeding babies with tongue tie
- breastfeeding babies with sucking difficulties
- pumping or hand expression
Tongue tie and posterior tongue tie can severely breastfeeding. This can cause inability to transfer milk efficiently, leading to lack of weight gain. To learn more about how Laura can help, see Feeding Services for Infants.
Ask for help early on
Many breastfeeding mothers need a great deal of support in the early days of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding support can be especially helpful in the first 2 weeks after discharge from the hospital when establishing a good milk supply is so important. Breastfeeding mothers—please don’t wait to ask for support, hoping that things will get better. Seek help from an expert soon after your baby is born to make sure you get the best possible start in your breastfeeding relationship.
Worried you are not making enough milk for your baby?
Most mothers are able to make plenty of milk to feed their babies, yet not making enough milk is a worry of many breastfeeding mothers. If you are concerned that you are not making enough milk for your baby or if you are supplementing with expressed milk or formula after breastfeeding, Laura can help. Laura offers breastfeeding assessments that focuses on the efficiency of milk transfer and creating a plan with the mother to increase and/or maintain an adequate milk supply.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Do you ever wonder why WHO, UNICEFF, and US health authorities recommend exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and to continue to breastfeed with the addition of appropriate complementary foods until 2 years of older?
Breastfeeding has wonderful benefits for both baby and mom.
Babies who are not exclusively breastfed are at greater risk for:
- ear infections
- colic and reflux
- respiratory tract infections
- type 1 and 2 diabetes
- childhood leukemia
- necrotizing enterocolits (the most common and serious intestinal disease among preemies)
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Mothers who do not breastfeed are at greater risk for:
- breast cancer
- ovarian cancer
- type 2 diabetes
- myocardial infarction
- postpartum depression